Indonesia and Australia have a long and an outstanding relation in the development of research and higher education in both Countries. Both Indonesian and Australian partners have established various forms of partnership through the formal agreements.

In the Government to Government (G2G) level, two umbrella agreements were signed. The Scientific and Technological Agreement was signed in 2005, while the Higher Education Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2014. Since those years, various joint activities have been maintained excellently and resulted significant outcomes and benefits for both Countries.

In 2015, adjusting to the new portfolio of the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE), both Countries agreed to merge two former working groups, into the Australia Indonesia Joint Working Group (JWG) on Research and Education. Dated on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, the Indonesian MoRTHE hosted the 3rd Australia – Indonesia JWG on Research and Higher Education in Jakarta.

The Indonesian delegation was chaired by Secretary General, MoRTHE, Ainun Na’im, while on the Australian side, it was led by Mr David Learmonth, Deputy Secretary, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET).

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Secretary General (SecGen) Ainun Naím in his opening remarks welcomed the Australian delegates for participating in the 3rd JWG meeting. He then expressed gratitude to both Indonesian and Australian committees, which have been working very hard to prepare the meeting. Secretary General Ainun also highlighted some key points of discussions and the agenda of the meetings, amongst others were the urgency to finalize new Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Research, Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the new upcoming policy concerning the opportunities of foreign universities to invest and to operate in Indonesia.

Deputy Secretary David Learmonth in his remarks expressed his gratitude to the Indonesian MoRTHE for hosting the meeting and maintaining the bilateral relation with the Australians. He acknowledged that various cooperation have been maintained excellently so far and he believes that this bilateral relation will result significant contributions for both Countries. Deputy Secretary David also informed the Meeting, that Indonesia is one of the targeted Countries for receiving the Australian scholarship programs. Concerning the need to finalize the new agreement on research, higher education and VET between Australia and Indonesia, David will consider it and discuss it internally later on in Australia.

The results of the meeting are as follows:

A. Government to Government

1) Indonesia and Australia will continue to work together to support institutional mobility, quality assurance, including in online education and qualifications recognition. Both countries intend to discuss and explore greater cooperation in qualifications recognition, including in professional areas.

2) Indonesia and Australia will collaborate to support the Australia Indonesia Centre’s project on qualifications recognition.

3) Indonesia and Australia will undertake policy dialogue and information exchange on regulatory frameworks, including the quality assurance and regulation of higher education and vocational education and training providers.

4) Indonesia and Australia will seek opportunities to cooperate through multilateral for a, such as APEC and ASEAN, to address shared policy priorities in higher education, including online education quality assurance, student mobility and qualifications recognition.

5) Indonesia and Australia will continue to facilitate two-way delegation visits to maximise opportunities for further cooperation in higher education, vocational education and training, research, and innovation.

B. Higher education and post-school vocational education and training

6) Indonesia and Australia commit to progress formal discussions on how International Skills Trainer courses can be delivered in Indonesia for VET trainer up skilling.

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C. Research linkages and mobility

7) Indonesia and Australia will undertake ongoing policy dialogue and information exchange on research to address barriers to researcher mobility, and increase research collaboration.

8) Indonesia and Australia will undertake ongoing policy dialogue and information exchange to facilitate two-way student and academic mobility.

9) Indonesia and Australia will explore opportunities for working together to further enable skills mobility bilaterally and through international engagement in the South East Asia region.

D. Institutional partnerships

10) Indonesia and Australia will support continued collaboration between educational institutions.

11) Indonesia and Australia will undertake policy dialogue and information exchange on vocational education and training, including industry engagement.

At the end of the meeting the outcome of the meeting was signed and both delegations agreed to participate in the 4th Australia Indonesia JWG on Research and Higher Education, which will be conducted in Australia in the year of 2019.

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Bureau of Cooperation and Public Communication.
The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education
Republic of Indonesia